Re: 1999 Darwin Awards
Wed, 25 Aug 1999 07:13:58 EDT

In a message dated 99-08-24 23:50:26 EDT, (Spike Jones) wrote:

> Robert J. Bradbury wrote:
> > These were just great! Natural selection at work. What is the source
> > for these awards?
> Robert, I get the Darwin awards from various sources in my email,
> [I didnt post these] but they always sound urban legendy. I havent
> figured out how to verify, so I must treat them as fiction. The one
> about the guy who tried to hang/shoot himself, missed, bullet cut
> the rope, etc, now that just couldnt be true. Why do *I* always
> end up being the nay-sayer? spike

For some reason, lawyers (especially tort lawyers) have been fascinated by the Darwin Awards since the beginning of the net. So I receive these from many, many sources. Over the years we've speculated on the reality of the stories in my office and, eventually, we found a site that delves pretty deeply into the urban legend status of the stories:

As you'll see, many (in fact most) of the stories aren't true. They're entertaining, nevertheless . . . [why am I responding to this thread when I've got dozens of messages in my in box to which I haven't responded?]

     Greg Burch     <>----<>
     Attorney  :::  Vice President, Extropy Institute  :::  Wilderness Guide   -or-
                         "Civilization is protest against nature; 
                  progress requires us to take control of evolution."
                                      -- Thomas Huxley